Monday, 30 May 2016 09:00

Oops, I did it again!

Oops, I did it again!I don’t imagine that Britney Spears has often thought about the Canadian legal profession. But if she did, she might have been forgiven for having been inspired to name her second album by watching us in action. To paraphrase Abba Eban, we never seem to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity — an opportunity, that is, to chart a new course in the relationship between the practising arm of the profession and the teaching one.
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Profession needs to create opportunities for young lawyersI often hear that millennials are lazy, they want too much too fast, and that they are unwilling to work for their success. I hear this on the street, on the radio, I read it online, and I hear it at social events.
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Monday, 14 March 2016 09:00

The hiring process: Know what you want

The hiring process: Know what you wantIn a few months, articling candidates and freshly called lawyers will be pounding the pavement looking for positions.
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Source: Law Job Exchange survey
Source: Law Job Exchange survey
Finding work in the legal profession after graduation can be tough, with a recent survey showing just 46 per cent of law grads in Ontario and Quebec found meaningful work in less than six months following completion of their articles.
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Monday, 05 October 2015 09:00

Boot camp is in session

Boot camp is in sessionYou’ve been called to the bar. Congrats. Now you have a lot to learn. Turns out knowledge of the law is the minimum. Yes, you were on the dean’s list at law school. Did that help you understand how to actually practise law? And what have you done for the firm lately?
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Monday, 31 August 2015 08:00

It’s a lifestyle choice

Jeff Courson lives150 metres from work and can look out his window and see the ocean in Port Hardy, B.C.
Jeff Courson lives150 metres from work and can look out his window and see the ocean in Port Hardy, B.C.
There is an articling crisis afoot and Kenneth Walker, the Law Society of British Columbia’s president, says articling students need to tap into unique business opportunities, one of which he recently shared on his blog.
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Monday, 24 August 2015 08:00

Trial by technology

Trial by technologyTo be part of one of the longest technologically-driven, white-collar-crime jury trials in Canadian history was more than Tala Khoury could hope for during her articles with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. But that is exactly what the Osgoode Hall Law School graduate got when she joined the Faskens team in the courtroom for eight months helping defend TPG Technology Consulting against the Competition Bureau in Ottawa.
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Monday, 24 August 2015 08:00

LPP: answering a different call

While it’s too early to declare Ontario’s English- and French-language Law Practice Program an overnight success after just one year, it’s interesting to consider its successes and breakthroughs, and acknowledge it’s a program many law grads might have benefited from in the past — perhaps more so than from traditional articling.
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Lawyers sexually harassing articling students is a thingIt’s an inconceivable thought for some, including this naïve columnist: a supervising lawyer sexually harassing an articling student. Members of a profession that protects one’s rights violating earnest newcomers.
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Steven Breslauer switched over to Alberta’s new articling system as soon as he could.
Steven Breslauer switched over to Alberta’s new articling system as soon as he could.
The Law Society of Alberta is launching its new education plan, which will change the face of articling in Alberta for good.
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